Manchester United signed Mason Mount earlier this month and the manager who knows him best has had his say.
Now in an interview with The Diary of a CEO podcast, Mount’s former Chelsea and Derby County boss Frank Lampard has given his view on the transfer.
Lampard’s stock may be low after a woeful management season at Everton and Chelsea, but if there is something he is an authority on, it’s Mason Mount’s qualities as a footballer, having helped him break through as a first team star.
Lampard verdict on Mason Mount to Manchester United
Quizzed about Mason Mount’s £55 million transfer to Manchester United, Lampard says he believes the midfielder will be a big success.
He said: “I think it’s a great signing. In terms of what he’ll bring to Manchester United, it won’t just be what Mason brings, he will bring loads of talent, but he’s just going to go [up] and [raise] levels.
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“If you’re trying to build, a group mentality of a team, players who are just going to give everything with their talent, he fits it. I’ve seen alternative reaction to what, ‘why would you pay that for him?’, Mason Mount is going to be a fantastic player there, in my opinion.”
Mount has already shown quality
Mason Mount needed only 45 minutes to offer a glimpse of what he can bring to Manchester United, with a very intriguing friendly performance in midweek.
Mount contributed on and off the ball, working really hard to win possession back and create chances for the team.
When he gets to link up with Fernandes and Casemiro we could see fireworks. If Lampard is right and Mount helps both of them raise their games, then Manchester United will be a joy to watch next season.
The fee paid was a very reasonable one for a top talent with stacks of potential to improve further. The 24-year-old is looking for a new challenge, and he’s got one at Old Trafford.
With the number seven shirt and a salary of £250,000 per week, there will be a lot of attention on Mount. He has a big task ahead to live up to all the pressure that comes with that.